Over the past few years, several persistence solutions have emerged offering alternatives to the traditional RDBMS. RavenDB is one of these solutions. It is a document database build on .NET for .NET. It's fast, easy to use, and feature rich. In this talk we will take a journey through the history of data, review basic data operations with the .NET client (in C#), and look at a couple of simplified sample applications. By the end of the talk, you will understand what NoSQL is (and isn't) and have a basic understand of RavenDB.